English Majors are Zombies!?

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As October 31st draws nearer by the day, WIU students’ heads are filled with spooky thoughts of ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night. Werewolves, vampires, witches, and, of course,… Continue reading

Bookish Traveling: Twice Lost

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I’m sitting in a cafe in Wisconsin munching on an apple cider donut. It’s raining outside, and in my lap sits a pile of new and old books wrapped in crinkly paper. Across… Continue reading

The Best Places to Sleep in Simpkins (Meet the Editors Part 1)

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English majors and minors alike both know that Simpkins is not just a building, it’s a home. Oftentimes that home is freezing cold or rumored to be haunted, but it is also a… Continue reading

The Book That Changed My Life: Featuring Aubrey Foust

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English majors share a lot of common interests; one of these interests, naturally, is books. Yes, it is true– English majors live and breathe literature, and it is rare to find an English… Continue reading

Birds love Simpkins Hall

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“Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” – David Attenborough Most students… Continue reading

The Art of the Handwritten Letter

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I’m lying in a well-stained cot in ninety-degree heat while allowing a small child to draw Pokemon on my leg in black Sharpie. Around me, I hear the whispers of little girls as… Continue reading

Huizinga on Lateness: 10th Annual Magliocco Lecture with Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck

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By: Sheldon Gaskell Late winter, 11:30 am, Tuesday, March 7th一the calm, sunny morning after tornado sirens and harsh, relenting winds beat the Macomb streets a shade of twigs and leaf buds—my fellow graduate… Continue reading

A Magical Experience: Harry Potter Study Abroad

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By: Haley Helgesen I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was eleven years old. Staying up past my bedtime, reading by lamp light, I never imagined the series would… Continue reading

Rebecca Gonner, Managing Editor, Signing Off

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By: Rebecca Gonner Time has this annoying habit of constantly moving forward; and though it technically does so at a constant pace, I find the experience of it to be anything but constant.… Continue reading

Lynne for the Win

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Congratulations to Lynne Ward, Staff Clerk in the Department of English for 5 years, for being selected as the College of Arts and Sciences Civil Service Award winner for 2016.